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THE BIG FOUR SONG CHALLENGE SERIES - Matchup 184

Anthrax "Zero Tolerance" (2016) VS Megadeth "Me Hate You" (2016) VS Metallica "Ronnie Rising Medely" (2016) VS Slayer "You Against You" (2015)

"Zero Tolerance" is trying to be harder than it is.  Anthrax (especially Belladonna-thrax) don't drop F-bombs a lot, but there it is, right up front.  I mean, the song's not wussy, but it doesn't seem tough enough.  After listening to "For All Kings", sure it might seem pretty brutal, but it could use another push to get it to where it wants to go.  I dig the message though, calling out the hypocrisy of religious extremism.

"Me Hate You" is better than anything I've reviewed from this album since "Poisonous Shadows" (save for "Foreign Policy", which edges it out slightly).  This could have easily replaced "The Emperor".  It's a really solid fist pumper of a song and the lyrics manage to cross back over that line of good sarcasm instead of lame platitudes.

"Ronnie Rising Medely" is the longest song in The Big Four Song Challenge Series Update, clocking in at 9:03.  It's a medley of Rainbow songs when Ronnie James Dio fronted the band, and those tunes are: "A Light In The Black", "Tarot Woman", "Stargazer" and "Kill The King".  It works pretty much like the Merciful Fate medley, but with less frequent song changes.  It's a solid chunk of high octane rock, so if you need nine minutes of well-executed blood pumping music, here you go.

"You Against You" is bog-standard as far as Slayer goes, but considering the lackluster nature of most of "Repentless" (and truth be told, most songs in "The Big Four Song Challenge Series Update"), it's above average in context.

"Me Hate You": 4
"You Against You": 3
"Ronnie Rising Medely": 2
"Zero Tolerance": 1

UPDATE TOTALS:

Metallica: 39
Anthrax: 37
Megadeth: 36
Slayer: 28

ALL TIME TOTALS:

Anthrax: 475
Metallica: 463
Slayer: 457
Megadeth: 421

Tomorrow is the exciting conclusion?  Sure.  Go with that.

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